Happiness with Arthur Brooks

A Bit of Optimism

15-02-2022 • 30 mins

Can we ensure that we will stay happy through every phase of our lives? Arthur Brooks discovered that there is a clear fork in the road that we will all face at some point. Some of us will struggle to find lasting happiness and the other will only get happier as time passes. The trick is knowing what to do to get on the happy path.

The best part - Arthur tested his theory on himself…and it worked! He offers lots of words of wisdom -- and lots words I had to look up -- to help guide the rest of us in our quest for personal fulfillment and lifelong happiness.

This is...A Bit Of Optimism.

If you enjoy the episode, visit ArthurBrooks.com and check out his new book for more on the subject, From Strength to Strength.


Here are a list of some the big words Arthur uses in the episode…just in case you need it :-)

Routinized - to develop into a regular procedure.

Syndicalized - to join together as one entity, as in a labor union.

Pedagogical - instructional, characterized by the art or science of teaching.

Metacognitive - having to do with metacognition, high-level thinking that enables understanding.

Baroque - of or relating to the musical period following the Renaissance, extending roughly from 1600 to 1750.

Fugue - Music. a polyphonic composition based upon one, two, or more themes, which are enunciated by several voices or parts in turn, subjected to contrapuntal treatment, and gradually built up into a complex form having somewhat distinct divisions or stages of development and a marked climax at the end.

Liminality - a state of transition between one stage and the next, especially between major stages in one's life or during a rite of passage.

Disconsolate - characterized by or causing dejection; cheerless; gloomy.

Wizened - withered, shriveled.